Patinas Galore: Create Over 300 Colorful Effects on Silver, Copper, Brass, Bronze, Steel, and Other Metals
It's finally here–the mega-book of patina recipes! With over 300 metal patina samples and detailed recipes and instructions for achieving them, it's a metalsmith's dream book. And if you're a little bit of a metal patinas geek like me, you'll LOVE Matthew Runfola's new book Patinas: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths.
Here's an excerpt about observing, about gaining inspiration and ideas for color, pattern, and texture on metal from the world around you.
Observing: Color and Pattern Inspiration
From Patinas: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths
By Matthew Runfola
Color and pattern influences can be found in nearly everything visible. Much of color and color pattern has to do with adding emotion or feeling to a work. Be critical with your observations: determine if the object or composition is engaging to your eye, then identify why it is so. Does the color or pattern help generate feelings toward the object? Do not discount negative emotions or feelings, as these are just as powerful as positive ones. Use the appropriate colors and patterns to convey the feelings you want with your work. For example, calm and soothing colors may be the wrong choice if applied to a work that speaks of energy.
I can't say enough exciting things about this book. It includes page after page of techniques for creating patinas (burying, wrapping, fuming, masking, immersion, heating, chemicals, spraying, brushing, and more), colorful effects to achieve on a variety of metals (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, silver, copper, and brass) and the variables involved with each, along with safety and workspace information and diagrams to create the most effective space for creating gorgeous patinas on metal. There are also sections on aesthetics, surface preparation, a detailed pro and con breakdown to help you decide which techniques are best for your metals and designs, color theory lessons, a metal comparison chart, hundreds and hundreds of large clear photos to drool over as you pick which patinas to use in the patination directory, and more.
And did I mention that there are over 300 colorful effects you can create using the detailed recipes and techniques in this book? Three hundred plus!! (Those are some of my favorites, above.) You won't want to miss out on this informative eye candy!